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The chastening of the Lord

My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord , Nor detest His correction; For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights. Proverbs 3:11‭-‬12 NKJV

Just the first line is enough to ponder.

Do not despise the chastening of the Lord.

Which means there will be chastening.

Chastening is a verb.

It’s a “doing” which means to correct by punishment or suffering, and can also be defined as discipline according to Merriam-Webster.com.

The point is clear.

There will be discipline, from God, and the command is not to despise or detest it.

Yet, who has endured a discipline they earned with gladness?

It takes a humble heart to realize the consequences of our own choices and to thank God for bringing us what we deserve.

But, we must not stop there, the next section tells us something amazing about God and shows us why we should be thankful for discipline.

For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights. Proverbs 3:12 NKJV

If we are receiving correction from God, it’s because He loves us.

His love is such that He’s not willing to stand by and watch us hurt ourselves and others through our unchecked sin.

Instead, He chastens us, to help us realize the consequences of our choices, and to teach us how ugly sin really is.

That kind of love is costly.

After all, He bore the most for our sin.

If God didn’t love as He does, He wouldn’t have paid such a high price to free us from eternal separation.

But He does love.

And because of that He chastens those He loves.

With this perspective it’s much easier to accept correction.

God loves us so much, He wants what is best for us and sometimes what is best is for us to experience the chastening of the Lord.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for such a love as Yours. You never stop loving us. Jesus, You alone paid the largest price for our sin than anyone ever. Thank You for doing that. The next time I’m feeling the discipline of the Lord, help me to not despise nor detest it, but instead be thankful for Your correction. Lord, I want to be cleansed from the things which would harm those around me and myself, please continue to show me what those things are, that I might repent. Thank You for Your love. It’s truly amazing! Amen.

Self discipline

It’s something I’m still working on.

There are so many areas I want to improve in.

House keeping has jumped to the top of the list.

Frankly,

I’ve never been good at it.

Even as a child I would struggle over what to keep and what to get rid of.

I would horde popsicle sticks and leftover chunks of construction paper.

I remember thinking

I would create

really neat things out of these items.

Of course,

they ended up in the trash

when my mom discovered them.

As a young adult I’d hold onto crazy items.

Like a daisy chain I made with a friend while we waited for her Mom to pick us up.

After one of our moves my hand stuck to something inside a box.

I pulled it out and saw a tiny multicolored bandaid.

“What in the world is that!?” my husband questioned.

Sheepishly I had to admit.

“It’s the bandaid that the hospital put on Sissy’s heal.”

“Gross! Throw it out!”

Of course I did.

And I wondered at my own lack of self discipline.

Today while unpacking,

I had to wonder again.

“What makes me hold on to all this stuff?”

I know it’s really not worth my time to pack, load, haul, and unpack scraps of paper, but as I unloaded a box I found exactly that.

And I know why they are there.

I didn’t have the self discipline to deal with them at the time.

Instead, I tossed them into a drawer to deal with later.

Then into a box they went for the same reason.

Self discipline is both a gift from God and an act of will.

I have to willingly submit to God and He guides and directs me.

He gives me the courage to make choices about “keep” or “get rid of”.

He grants me the understanding to let go of the past and embrace the day.

He guides me into what is wise and teaches me how to avoid what is foolish, especially on the task-by-task level.

It is a privilege to work

and a blessing to rest.

It is wisdom to give up what I don’t use or have the ability to do

and it is understanding which can be gleaned from a new place and new people.

It is God

Who grants all these things.

And it is good

to live a life of discipline unto the LORD.

Galations 5:22-23 NKJV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control.